Originally Posted by Steven Lyle Jordan
Has anyone on these forums heard of Digital Rights Management? That's what media companies first did to combat piracy.
Now that they know DRM isn't working, they're lobbying governments to rewrite the laws in their favor.
If piracy *mattered*, they would've paid attention to the people who said, "DRM is not going to stop piracy." Instead, we've got, what, twenty years of botched DRM systems of various types? And their solution after the first few failed is "more and bigger DRM?"
Funny how they don't make those kinds of mistakes when it's a matter of game-controller compatibility (they work hard to make them as cross-compatible as possible) or widescreen-vs-standard. They listen to their marketing people when they say "if you do it THIS WAY ONLY, you will lose money." But when the serious research says, "DRM does not save you money; it just annoys paying users and gives pirates a fun challenge while discouraging the word-of-mouth sharing publicity that is what drives your industry"... they ignore it.
If piracy were costing them the m(b)illions they claim, they'd have hard numbers--and be pressing lawsuits with those numbers. Instead, they're pressing lawsuits claiming "we can't be bothered to prove ANY copying actually took place, much less that we lost a measurable amount from it; we want a ruling based on the concept that copying *could have* taken place and therefore, we're owed a statutory amount of damages."